If your Representative is a member of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands (click here for a list), give him/her a call today:
Next Tuesday, the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands will hold a hearing on the “Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act” – a bill that would remove protections from 60 million acres of roadless lands across the country, including 1.3 million acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in Utah. Please tell your Representative, to attend the hearing and speak out in opposition to this short-sighted giveaway of America’s great outdoors.
Here’s what you can do:
1) Call your Representative (Capitol Switchboard is at 202-224-3121) and ask that he/she attend the hearing next Tuesday and OPPOSE H.R. 1581, the Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act of 2011.
Background on the “Great Outdoors Giveaway”
Sponsored by Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), H.R. 1581, the Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act of 2011, is the greatest attack on wilderness-quality lands that we have seen in decades. If it should pass, 60 million acres of BLM Wilderness Study Areas and Forest Service Roadless Areas would be opened up to potential oil and gas development, mining, off-road vehicle abuse, and road construction. In Utah alone, over 1.3 million acres of BLM lands would have current Wilderness Study Area protections removed, including areas in the iconic Greater Canyonlands region such as Cheesebox Canyon, Horseshoe Canyon, and the Dirty Devil river corridor.
Thank you for contacting your Representative!